Panel: Interart / Intersensorium. On the Interrelation of Media and the Senses
Subjective experiences, which have not been amendable to experimental measurements in the past can now be measured in terms of brain activity and related to the intensity of the declared experiences. This influences a new chapter in the study of the brain and its activity in relation to experiences such as love, hate, desire and beauty in addition to the study of perception, which is itself a subjective experience
- Professor Semir Zeki is now Professor of Neuroesthetics at University College London, UK, after having served for many years as Professor of Neurobiology there. He pioneered the study of the higher visual areas of the brain, and discovered, among other things, its colour and motion centres and hence the functional specialization within it. More recently, he has expanded his work to enquire into the neural correlates of aesthetic and artistic experience. In addition to his published scientific papers, he is author of A Vision of the Brain, Inner Vision: an exploration of art and the brain, and Splendours and Miseries of the Brain, and co-author with the late French painter Balthus of La Quête de l’essentiel and with Ludovica Lumer of La bella e la bestia: arte e neuroscienza. His artistic work is currently on exhibit at the Luigi Pecci Museum of Contemporary Art in Milan: Bianco su bianco: oltre Malevich (White on White: Beyond Malevich). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society. He was awarded the King Faisal International Prize in Biology in 2004 for his work on the brain, and founded the Institute for Neuroesthetics in London and California.